The following is an actual (well, slightly embellished) series of conversations between an enthusiastic cookier (C) and her husband (H) about attending her first CookieCon.
C: OMG, there is an event coming up called CookieCon!!! Some of my favorite cookiers will be there! I have to go!!!
H: Really? They have a convention? That’s funny.
C: Oh I’m dead serious. This is amazing!!! There will be actual classes!!! I’ll be learning from the folks I follow on line. . . OMG OMG OMG
H: Huh. . . who knew? That’s cool. So it’s like a day thing?
C: No way, it says here it’s a 3-day event! There are classes, competitions and a banquet! OMG I have to text (insert name of cookie friend here).
H: Is it free?
C: Ummm, no. Looks like you have to buy a ticket, but its only $295! Wow, for 3 days of this, and dinner!!!! I have to do it!
H: $300?? Wow, OK. I mean it seems like a once in a lifetime thing, right?
C: Yeah, sure. Although I think this is the 4th one. . .
H: OK, sounds good. $300 isn’t too bad I guess. If it makes you this happy.
C: (no more responses as cookier is ignoring her husband and is engrossed online)
CookieCon Cost: $295.00
Two weeks later...
C: Hey babe, great news! Southwest is running a sale!!! My flight will only be $460 round trip!!!
H: Flight? Where are you going?
C: CookieCon!!! Oh I’m so excited!
H: Flight? Where is it???
C: Salt Lake City!!! Isn’t that exciting???
H: SLC??? I had no idea it was so far away…
C: Yeah, but I talked to (Cookie Friend) and she’s going too!!! SO I’ll have a roommate, which is great because then my room is half price!
H: (groaning) Airfare and a hotel. . . and I suppose you’ll want to eat while you’re there.
C: Haha. . . yeah, probably some. And of course, we’ll need wine money!!!
H: Of course, you will.
CookieCon Cost: $1160.00
A week later...
C: (staring at laptop) NO WAY!!! There are pre-classes at CookieCon!!! I’ll be able to learn from even more amazing cookiers!!! I can’t even. . .
H: I’m afraid too. . . are those included in your ticket?
C: No, I don’t think so. But it will totally be worth it.
H: Hehe. . . ok babe, if you say so.
CookieCon Cost: $1410.00
Three days later...
C: Wow, I just found out there’s going to be vendors!!!! Just like those trade shows you go to for work!
H: Oh cool, so you’ll at least get some free stuff.
C: No, I think they’re just selling their stuff. But I can buy stuff there and save on shipping! Score!!
H: I should have seen that coming.
CookieCon Cost: $1710.00
Two weeks later...
C: OK, it’s time to get serious. I have to start working on my sugar show entries. I’m going to need this new cutter, and this stencil. Oh, these will work perfect!!!
H: I’m not listening. . .
CookieCon Cost: $1730.00
Five days later...
C: Get a load of this!
H: How much???
C: No silly, there’s this supply store in SLC that’s quite a big deal. Word on the web is a must visit for bakers. It’s not within walking distance, so we’ll need to grab a cab or an uber. Oh wow, this is so cool.
H: Yeah, that’s how I’d describe it.
CookieCon Cost: $1880.00
A week later...
C: Need anything while I’m out?
H: Maybe, where are you headed?
C: The mall. I need to get some new outfits for Salt Lake City.
C: You know, CookieCon. I want a couple of new outfits!
CookieCon Cost: $2080.00
We revisit our couple at the conclusion of CookieCon, upon the cookier's return home...
C: And I had to get a CookieCon T-shirt, had to buy a gift for (cookie friend that she finally got to meet in person), a new suitcase to fit all this great giveaway stuff! We went out to some great restaurants for dinner!!! And so much more to show you!!! Come look!!!
H: (cracks open a beer)
Final cost of CookieCon: $1,254,093.47
C: Hey babe! I just found out there’s a Cookie Cruise coming up!!!
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